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March 7, 2012 | Blog Post

Tr-Ash Talk: Risky Retirement

Across the country, communities near retiring coal plants are breathing collective sighs of relief. Closures, however, raise vexing questions about the millions of tons of toxic waste that may lie beneath the surface. Over decades, most plants have buried battleship-sized deposits of coal ash in landfills and lagoons near their plants. In the absence of federal mandates, utilities may leave behind a leaking legacy of deadly pollution, even after the belching stacks are long gone.

February 22, 2012 | Blog Post

Tr-Ash Talk: $2 Billion Coal Ash Suit In Chesapeake

On Tuesday, Virginia attorney Ted G. Yoakam, representing nearly 400 people living near the Battlefield Golf Club in Chesapeake, refiled a lawsuit against Dominion Virginian Power, MJM Golf LLC (the owner of the golf course) and two additional parties involved in building the course, requesting more than $2 billion in damages. 

February 15, 2012 | Blog Post

Two-Headed Fish, Brought to You by Polluters

An Idaho stream is home to two-headed trout, thanks to selenium pollution, a common contaminant from phosphate mining, agriculture and—you guessed it—coal ash.

January 27, 2012 | Blog Post

Tr-Ash Talk: The Proof is in the Water

Last week we announced our intent to sue the Environmental Protection Agency to force the release of long-awaited public health safeguards against toxic coal ash. Here is just another example of why states aren’t doing an adequate job keeping this toxic muck out of our drinking water.

January 13, 2012 | Blog Post

Tr-Ash Talk: TVA Disaster Spurs More Toxic Dumping?

Last month we marked three years since the Tennessee Valley Authority Kingston coal ash spill, underscoring the fact that the EPA has yet to regulate toxic coal ash waste.

Now we have even more reason to be concerned.

December 22, 2011 | Blog Post

Tr-Ash Talk: Not a Day to Celebrate

So much has happened since that terrible day three years ago when more than 1 billion gallons of toxic coal ash sludge burst through a dam at the Tennessee Valley Authority’s Kingston Fossil Plant in Harriman, about 150 miles from Nashville.

December 7, 2011 | Blog Post

Tr-Ash Talk: Some Dirty Air With That Murky Water, Please

Looks like that murky glass of water shouldn’t be your only concern.  Several states weak on coal ash disposal also have another dubious claim: many are the worst offenders of air pollution.
In August, we released a report detailing the lack of state-based regulations for coal ash disposal and the 12 worst states when it comes to coal ash dumping.

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